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What Jesus Said and Why It Matters Now [Paperback]

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Pages   152
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.92" Height: 0.43"
Weight:   0.51 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 15, 2005
Publisher   ST ANTHONY MESSENGER PRESS
ISBN  0867166738  
EAN  9780867166736  


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Flowing out of author Timothy D. Fallon's lifelong spiritual journey, this book incorporates insights gained from his experiences in church ministry, the business world and family life as husband, stepparent and grandparent. Fallon uses a wide range of contemporary examples - everything from MAD Magazine and Washington Post articles to Saving Private Ryan and Steve Martin's Shopgirl film - to help readers experience how God touches us in our own lives. With seven Gospel accounts, this book demostrates a method readers can apply to make each story a vital part of their lives. Fallon says three fundamental questions lie at the heart of personalizing the Gospels: What's the experience of this story? How does this story touch me? How does this story call me to live?

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Flowing out of author Timothy D. Fallon's lifelong spiritual journey, What Jesus Said and Why It Matters Now incorporates insights gained from his experiences in church ministry, the business world and family life as husband, stepparent and grandparent. Fallon uses a wide range of contemporary examples--everything from MAD Magazine and Washington Post articles to Saving Private Ryan and Steve Martin's Shopgirl film--to help readers experience how God touches us in our own lives. With seven Gospel accounts, What Jesus Said and Why It Matters Now demonstrates a method readers can apply to make each story a vital part of their lives. Fallon says three fundamental questions lie at the heart of personalizing the Gospels: What's the experience of this story? How does this story touch me? How does this story call me to live?

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Timothy D. Fallon has served in a variety of ministry positions, including a vicar-level position in spiritual development for the diocese of Kalamazoo, Michigan. He combines twenty-five years' experience as a management consultant with directing retreats and giving workshops on spirituality. Fallon graduated from Central Michigan University and received his M.A. in theology from the University of San Francisco. He lives in Kalamazoo with his wife of twenty years, Carla.

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Finding Deeper Meaning in Scripture  Mar 12, 2006
This work grew out of the author's practice of encouraging high school retreatants to find deeper meaning in Gospel stories by dramatizing them. From there, Fallon developed three questions that formalize the process: What is the experience of the story? How does the story touch me? and How does the story call me to live? For "What Jesus Said," he chose seven Gospels taken from the Lent/Easter lectionary for Year A, the scriptures employed to familiarize RCIA candidates with "breaking open the word."

Applying the questions to the story of the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9), Fallon describes a scene in which the disciples are just beginning to understand that Jesus is the Messiah, and respond to the vision of Jesus, Moses, and Elijah with "a jumble" of emotions. The vision itself and Jesus' subsequent words are intended to increase the disciples' faith as they witness the Messiah's suffering and death. Bringing the story into his own experience, Fallon shares several "God-touching-me" occasions in his life. He also addresses his difficulty in overcoming distractions to better be able to "listen to Jesus," and offers two suggestions. First, we don't have to be good at listening prayer, we just have to do it, and second, the secret of listening prayer is that God finds a way to get through to us. As each of the other chapters, this one ends with reflection questions and prayer designed to reveal how the story calls us to live.

The author has done a good job of sharing this unique method for individuals and groups eager to understand, appreciate, and live Scripture more fully.
 
Personalizing the Gospels  Feb 17, 2006
Full disclosure: I am a life-time friend of the author, I am acknowledged in the book and I am the subject of three pages of discusion and illustration.
All that said, I think the book is outstanding. It is painfully and powerfully honest and revealing. The book is not perfectly titled because the author is acutally trying to show us how each of us can personalize the Gospels. He uses the Easter Gospels as his template.
According to the author the way you personalize the Gospels is to tell your own stories. It is the stories illustrating the author's points that really shine. He illustrates tough concepts with fine stories from friends, families and his own own life. His illustrations from books and other stories worked beautifully. too. The author is remarkably well-read and he uses that skill deftly, never beating the reader over the head with how smart he is, but rather gently helping the reader to understand.
The writing is very clean. by that I mean direct sentences, precious few compound clauses which send the readers searching for alcohol and a crispness that gets to the point. There were precious few places where I said "tighten this, fool!"
The author is especially genuine, helpful and admirable when he discusses prayer at several points in the book. That discussion of prayer resonates with the struggle we all feel. The treatment of prayer is one of the real winning attributes of the book.
My method of reading an inspirational book of any sort involves folding over the bottom corners or pages. Well, the chapter on acknowledging our thirst is a mess. I folded a lot of pages!
There is some real depth and heft to most of the author's concepts. I think that allows the book to be read on several levels.
Thoughtful readers will come away from the book challenged, refreshed and more intent on living the path of Christ.



 

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